Children's Hospital to provide health care service at several local schools

CINCINNATI -- Children’s Hospital is stepping in at several Cincinnati schools to make sure kids get the health care they need.

Hospital officials said South Avondale Elementary, Rockdale Elementary and Hughes High School selected the hospital to provide school-based health care for children and teenagers this year.

Children’s Hospital partnered with the schools last January on a temporary basis when the non-profit provider, Neighborhood Health Care Inc., lost a federal grant and had to close its doors on Dec. 31, 2013.

“We’re thrilled to be involved on a more long-term basis to provide continuity of care for children and teens in our neighborhood,” Dr. Mona Mansour, Director of Primary Care and School Health, Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s, said in a release.

Children’s Hospital will provide staff at each of the sites for 40 hours per week. Personnel will be in the schools five days per week.

“It will take a few weeks to get to the expanded staffing plan we’ve outlined,” said Lisa Crosby, DNP, Program Coordinator for School-based Health, Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s.  “In the meantime, we will start out the school year with the same coverage as last year.”

Previously, Children’s Hospital was only providing coverage two days per week at the elementary schools and one day of coverage at the high school.

Hospital officials said they are reaching out to children and teens who need sports physicals and to parents to tell them about the longer-term role and expansion of services it will have in the schools.

Mansour said, “We see this as an investment in the health of our kids to ensure they get quality care where and when they need it.”

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